When I lived at home, every November 1st, I would quietly change the radio station in my mom’s car from her adult pop hits station to Sirius XM’s Holly, the Christmas music station. It would take about a few days before my mom would realize what I had done and would rant to me about how Christmas did not start until after Santa came down the road during the Thanksgiving Day Parade, to which I would always protest that Christmas music is too good to listen to only for a month. So today, in honor of this love I hold for Christmas music, I’m ranking my favorite songs for the season:
5. What Christmas Means to Me. This song is an underrated bop and I don’t just say that because I had all the lyrics committed to memory when my high school choir sang this for our Christmas show sophomore year. It is such a fun and exciting song– it makes you want to dance!
4. Last Christmas. This song has been one of my favorites for as long as I can remember. I am a huge fan of 1980s pop, and this song has that fun vibe to it that causes me to start singing it without even meaning to. Also, this song has the perfect amount of Christmas cheer mixed with angst that makes it IDEAL to sing along to.
3. Dominick the Donkey. In my second grade music class, we had to vote for our favorite Christmas song and I still remember my teacher’s shocked expression when we all voted for this song. It’s one of those songs you don’t want to love– you want to find it annoying and hate it, but then you find yourself going ‘la la la’ along with the song.
2. Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas. This song is another one of my favorites for as long as I can remember but as I’ve gotten older, I have grown in my love and appreciation for it. The original version of the song is beautiful in its anticipation for the future and honesty: life is not perfect now, but next Christmas, it will be. Newer versions of the song have tried to make it happier, but there is something so authentic and wonderful about a song that does not sugarcoat.
1. All I want for Christmas is You. No surprise here. It’s a classic and is one even the biggest grinch can’t help but sing along and dance to.